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I wish I could learn!
Member Name: paule23
Date: 06/03/01, updated on 06/03/01 (377 review reads)
Advantages: Ermmm, convenient, cheap
Disadvantages: Cold food, poor drinks, bad service!
I suppose the problem is that they are so convenient. I do a lot of travelling by rail and there is a Burger King at all the major railway stations I travel through, and with all the delays on the rail network I often find myself getting rather peckish waiting for my train. I find myself drawn to the convenience of Burger King, a whole meal I can take with me onto the train (should it ever arrive!) for only £3.99, sounds great yet it seldom is.
The first problem I have is being vegetarian, which somewhat limits my choice at Burger King. I can choose a Veggie Whopper or, erm a Veggie Whopper! They sell a spicy beanburger, but this isn't strictly vegetarian as it's cooked on the same skillet as the meat burgers. What's the problem with that? I hear you cry, well nothing if you don't mind meat juices all over your food. For most of you that's not a problem, but for me, it rather puts me off, so Veggie Whopper it is (it's 'warmed' in the microwave, so no meat juice problem!).
I feel like a bit of a mind reader, as I can tell you are all thinking 'how can a veggie write a review of Burger King, when their main food is a beefburger'! Well, I wasn't always a veggie, and some of what I say below applies to the meat stuff as well.
But I'll begin with the aforementioned Veggie Whopper. Strangely enough this is a veggie burger, made up of various vegetables cooked and squashed into a burger shape. The problem is I'm yet to eat one of these hot! Rather than being cooked on t
he skillet, they are microwaved, but never seem to be put in for long enough. Now it isn't exactly rocket science heating up a veggie burger, but Burger King seem to have severe trouble getting this right. Marry this up with lettuce, tomato, gerkin and cold mayo and you end up with a somewhat chilly burger. The does spoil your enjoyment of what should be a hot meal, and I suppose this has tainted my opinion of Burger King, but it really does baffle me how they can cock-up something so simple as heating something up in a microwave! And to top things off, I find that their burger buns are somewhat 'chewy' (stale?) whilst some people might like this, it's not to my taste!!!
Well, after completely assassinating their Veggie Whopper, (they do so I thought I?d join in!) I think I'll make a start on their drinks. Hmmmm, well they're cold and ermmmmm wet, and they have ice.... The drinks suffer from the problems often associated with using post-mix. For the uninitiated of you not familiar with they system, let me explain. With postmix, a syrup of your drink is mixed with carbonated water, and viola, you have your Coke, Fanta etc. It's kind of like an industrial sized Soda Stream, and anyone who's ever owned a Soda Stream will know it can be somewhat tricky making the perfect Coke! The most common problem I find at Burger King is the drinks are often not very fizzy, which is OK for a still water, but not too good for a Coca Cola. Another problem is not getting the dilution right, meaning you either get a rather weak drink, or a very syrupy Coke (some would say Coke is ALWAYS syrup, but I couldn't possibly comment!) These problems aren't just confined o Burger King, most businesses using postmix seem to suffer swell, still, it does make them vast profits, so I don't suppose they will change to selling cans or bottles anytime soon (a litre of post-mix drink costs about 5p!)
The final item on my menu was t
he fries. I'll keep this bit brief and lay off Burger King a bit. These were quite good, warm, crisp and not too much salt. All you could expect from a piece of fried potato, a good effort!.
Well, having pulled apart their food, what can I move onto next. Ah yes, the queuing system, or lack of one! Their so-called queuing system really does leave a lot to be desired. Sorry, I think I've actually used the word queue several times already, I should have said rugby scrum. They have several tills open and a mass of people around them. It is difficulty to tell if you are in a queue (scrum!) or not. The only way to get your order in is to catch someones eye, or elbow people out of the way, the latter not being recommended, particularly if the person next to you is 6ft6!!!! Why can't they have a queuing system like banks or the post office, they seem to work well, imagine it ?server number 1 please?. They could even have a recorded greeting so they don?t always have to say 'can I take your order please!'.
The food may be fast, and it may be convenient, but I really am going to have to learn that it just isn't worth it. I'd rather pay money money or wait longer and get myself something decent, and probably a bit more nutritious too! Better still, maybe it's about time I got up early enough to make some sandwiches before I go out.